Hillary, Key named to Palmetto team
Two Strom Thurmond players have been named to the South Carolina Football Coaches Association Palmetto Champions All-Star Team.
Quarterback Coco Hillary and lineman Matt Key made the all-classification, 25-player team.
Strom Thurmond coach Lee Sawyer and Blackville-Hilda coach David Berry made the 10-coach team.
They will be honored Dec. 1 at a banquet in Columbia. At the banquet, the lineman, back, specialty team and coach of the year will be announced.
Injured Klitschko retires as a champ
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has retired because of a knee injury, a statement on his former promoter's Web site said Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Klitschko pulled out of Saturday's title defense against Hasim Rahman in Las Vegas because he tore ligaments in his right knee last week in training. The WBC said earlier this week that Rahman would be given Klitschko's title should the Ukrainian fail to defend within three months.
The knee injury would require six months to heal. Klitschko's statement said the knee was examined Tuesday, and that he underwent surgery in Inglewood, Calif.
"Unfortunately, I've been fighting injuries recently more than facing rivals in the ring," Klitschko said in a statement released by Universum Promotions. "The decision to end was hard to make, but I would like to end my career on top."
Glass named coach for Augusta State
Interim Augusta State University coach Amber Glass has been named head coach, athletic director Clint Bryant said.
Glass led Augusta State to a 6-26 regular season record leading into the Peach Belt Conference championships, which start Friday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Glass was an all-conference player at USC Upstate.
Sixth-seeded Augusta State takes on third-seeded USC Upstate at 3 p.m. Friday.
Gamecocks, Pacers square off tonight
In Columbia, admission is free tonight when South Carolina plays host to USC Aiken in an exhibition game at Colonial Center.
Tipoff is 6:30 p.m. and seating will be general admission, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Former Silver Bluff player Brandon Wallace of Jackson, S.C., will be in the starting lineup for the Gamecocks.
USC Aiken has another exhibition game Friday at Georgia State in Atlanta. The season opener is Tuesday, against Catawba College, in Aiken.
South Carolina's season opener is Nov. 20 at home against Toledo.
Nickname changes announced by NCAA
Carthage College in Wisconsin will return to its original nickname of Red Men, and Midwestern State University in Texas will change its nickname after this season to comply with the NCAA's new policy regarding American Indian mascots.
The decision was announced Wednesday by the NCAA.
Yellow Jackets land two top recruits
Georgia Tech picked up two of the nation's most sought-after high school players, landing point guard Javaris Crittenton and forward Thaddeus Young at the start of the early signing period.
The 6-foot-4 Crittenton, who plays at Southwest Atlanta Christian School, could follow in a long line of outstanding point guards to play for Yellow Jackets, which includes Mark Price, Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury and Jarrett Jack.
The 6-8 Young, from Memphis, Tenn., is one of the nation's highest-rated small forwards.